ANC staff members across South Africa are set to picket against their employer next week over repeated salary delays.
Party spokesperson Pule Mabe confirmed the development in a statement on Wednesday (9 June).
‘Feeling of grievance’
He said staff members had given notice of the industrial action during a general staff meeting chaired by the party’s General Manager Febe Potgieter.
The picket will be held at ANC’s Luthuli House headquarters in Johannesburg as well as provincial and regional offices countrywide on Tuesday, 15 June 2021.
“Although staff were informed that Officials are attending to the ANC cashflow challenges, the feeling of grievance around their conditions of employment has reached critical point,” Mabe said.
“Elected ANC officials at all levels will be organised to receive staff memorandum.”
The governing party has delayed paying salaries several times in recent years. In April this year, Potgieter sent a letter to employees informing them that uncertainties over salary payment dates were likely to persist for three to six months.
“We appeal to financial institutions and creditors to take note that the late payments are by no means the fault of our individual staff, and therefore not to penalise them for this unfortunate situation,” she wrote.
The party has also previously blamed the COVID-19 pandemic for its cashflow problems, suggesting that the pandemic’s impact had affected its donors.
Reports also suggest that donors have further been discouraged by the new Political Party Funding Act, which came into effect in April.
The Act requires political parties to disclose donations above R100,000 and their sources. It also bars parties from accepting donations above R15 million from a single donor.
The Act further prohibits donations from foreign governments and their agencies, foreign persons and entities, organs of state and state-owned enterprises.
A leaked voice note from an ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting earlier this year revealed that the party was considering retrenching up to 50 percent of its staff to reduce salary overheads.